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Elafonissos. This important wetland has been included in the proposed list of Natura 2000 sites. The local flora, e.g. the rare sea cedars, reeds and bamboo as well as the sand dune system found in the region, play a very important role as natural barriers to the wind and wave action coroding the coast. The most important plant species is Lenaria Hellenica that is endemic to the area and only grows on the coast of Elafonisos island. Of equal importance is the fauna of the area. About 80 species of birds have been recorded, 17 of which nest around the wetland as well as 4 species of mammals and 2 species of reptiles. Turtles of the species Caretta-Caretta have also been sighted in the area.

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